“If we desire a society in which men are brothers, then we must act towards one another with brotherhood. If we can build such a society, then we would have achieved the ultimate goal of human freedom”.

~Bayard Rustin, American Civil Rights Leader

The South Carolina Psychological Association (SCPA) stands against racism in all forms, as we acknowledge that racism can be both intentional and unintentional, can be institutional but also personal, and is pervasive throughout our society while often remaining unrecognized.  As psychologists, we recognize that racism is damaging to the mental health of individuals and has also contributed to the collective trauma of generations.  While some continue to view racism as a problem of the past that has largely been corrected over time, SCPA recognizes that the systemic effects of past and present racist practices and policies, from housing redlining to mass incarceration, continue to impact the youngest and most vulnerable populations in our country to this day.  SCPA further acknowledges how our history of slavery, segregation, and Jim Crow laws here in the southeastern United States served to dehumanize entire groups of people in order to permit injustice and atrocities to coexist with the social order of the time.  At this time, SCPA resolves to actively support practices, public policies and institutions that provide healing, promote change, create opportunities to people affected by racism, and seek to correct the socio-economic imbalance that has been racism’s legacy in our social structure.

SCPA asks our members to stand against racism in all forms and to commit to anti-racist action.  We strive to support individuals and communities who seek our help due to racial injustice and racial trauma. We resolve to promote education among ourselves as psychologists, as well as to our clients and the general public.  We encourage dialogues with governmental and community stakeholders and resolve to endorse public policies that seek to reverse the effects of racism.  Additionally, below is short resource list for anyone seeking help or information on racism, anti-racism and racial trauma.  Please contact SCPA directly if you are in need of a more in-depth list or specific resources. These efforts directly support the mission of SCPA to promote human welfare; foster high standards of practice, teaching and research; and make available to the public information regarding best practices in psychology.

Thank you for reading, your membership to SCPA and all that you do to help others in crisis and need.


South Carolina Psychological Association Board of Directors

Resource List:
1) Unpacking the impacts of structural racism on youth – webinar – through APA website


2) APA’s actions plan for addressing inequality


3) The Psychology of American Racism – Journal Article through APA website


4) Link to APA racism, bias and discrimination resources


5) Respectability.org – Fighting stigmas and Advancing opportunity https://www.respectability.org/resources/racism-unconscious-bias/

6) Racial Inequality Institute – https://www.racialequityinstitute.com/ourservices

7) Change.org

The South Carolina Psychological Association was formed to advance psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting Human welfare; to foster and maintain high standards of practice, teaching, and research in the field of psychology; and to make available to the public information regarding psychology as a science and as a profession.

SCPA Helped Me Build My Career!

Michelle Cooke, President of SCPA

When I relocated to the South Carolina two years ago, one of my goals was to build a close network of colleagues as I had in the Northeast. I knew building relationships with other psychologists in the area was important for my professional development as well as creating a robust knowledge base of behavioral health specialties available the area. As we all know in this field, it is incredibly helpful to know who specializes in what types of treatment and specific populations. I was encouraged by a coworker to join SCPA about a month after my move. She had received wonderful mentorship and found a place to grow as a psychologist. She also described the many positive learning and network opportunities available through SCPA. Once I made the decision to join, I found it was strikingly easy and the SCPA Board of Directors welcomed me with open arms. It was refreshing to be able to choose my level of commitment when joining the Board of Directors, which over time increased my comfortable level of becoming more involved. It has been truly enjoyable to work with a team of psychologists to create and provide educational and networking opportunities for psychologists across the state of South Carolina. I have been a member of the SCPA Board of Directors for 2 years now and am looking forward to many more.

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Phone:  (803) 820-0403
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